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in all six students from prince george's county victims of violence in this school year ahead. first breaking news in the oscar pistorius court hearing. >> aaron, good morning. we have new details out of the hearing. with the track star back in court, police testified they found testosterone and needles for injecting at the olympian's home. the defense saying it wasn't steroids but an herbal remedy. cops admit they got the name of the substance wrong. we also heard from a neighbor who heard loud fighting before the shooting and the angle of the bullets shot through that bathroom door. prosecutors saying it shows the athlete was wearing his prosthetics at the time. pistorius was charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend. with his off shore accounts and house in italy, make him a flight risk. pistorius could face more
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charges for having an unlicensed handgun and ammunition. at the live desk angie goff, news 4. brace your self-for a chilly morning. the temperatures dropped like a rock and that's before you tack tore in the wind. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here with more. >> temperatures are near or below freezing. that includes just about all of the of west virginia, virginia, maryland down to near 30 degrees. near the waters it's a little above freezing. most locations near 30 degrees. schenn owe da valley, same thing. much of western maryland, washington county into alleghany county into the upper 20s. look at the windchills there. the windchill at hagerstown is just 11 degrees. windchills right around washington and our nearby suburbs only around 20 degrees. air temperatures holding steady with a few clouds coming and going.
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wind gusting by 25 to 30 miles per hour. wind gusting to around 30 miles an hour. temperatures will be in the mid-30s. stafford virginia, hometown forecast by noontime there, should be a bit milder. up around the upper 30s. maybe near 40 this afternoon. a look at the rest of the day into tonight. that's coming up in ten minutes. a look at traffic now with danella with your first 4 traffic on this wednesday morning. >> good morning. well, if you're traveling in maryland along route 50 in maryland, out from the bay bridge, making your way towards bowie, clear. travel lanes are open. seeing a lot of green. no incidents. you're getting by nice and clear. inside the beltway, a live look at landover road. more volume inbound than outbound. very clear here. inbound, no major delays just yet. if you're about to head out, smooth commute. even connecting to new york avenue. a live look at ninth street. a little more volume inbound than outbound. no major delays yet.
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no reports of accidents at this time. thank you, danella. suitland high school is mourning the death of another student. counselors will remain at the high school for the rest of this week to help students and staff cope with the latest tragedy. >> news 4's megan mcgrath joins us live with more. megan. >> reporter: aaron and eun, the loss of one student is terrible. but here at suitland high school, two students have been murdered in a 24-hour period. investigators do not believe that these murders are connected. but rather, part of a larger disturbing trend that is playing out in the prince george's county school system. six students have been murdered so far this school year. the latest murder happened at 5:30 tuesday evening. an 18-year-old freshman was gunned down in an apartment complex on donnell drive in forestville. a second person was also injured in that and is listed as grave at a local hospital.
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grave condition. the murder comes 24 hours after the death of 15-year-old charles walker jr., also a freshman at suitland high school. police say he was killed over a pair of shoes that he was carrying in a shopping bag. now, cindy jones is an algebra teacher. she came to the scene of the murder last night. she's very concerned about the murders taking so many lives. >> words can't describe what i feel today. i am tremble right now about grief. this has to stop somewhere. it's terrible. these kids are retaliating for nothing. senseless murders. senseless. >> and the prince george's county school put out this statement. our hearts are broken again. we cannot go another day without addressing these unspeakable acts much violence against our students. there's going to be extra security here at suitland high school today and for the rest of the week. teachers are holding a meeting to discuss how they can best
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help students in the light of all this violence. again, two students here at suitland high school killed, murdered in just a 24-hour period. reporting live, megan mcgrath, news 4. back to you. megan being thank you. >> with the latest shootings, six students have died this school year. maryland state attorney for prince george's county, angela brooks made an emotional plea to parents to stop the violence. >> we need our community to come together to ensure that we're not just reacting. something greater has to be done. we need our parents to wrap their arms around their children to teach them the proper values. go to school, work hard and then buy tennis shoes. we don't kill individuals for tennis shoes. >> prince george's county police will work with community partners and different agencies to try to find a solution to stop the violence. new this morning, a man police say was high on pcp is in jail for gunning down a man who was trying to pump gas. the shots rang out just before 11:00 on branch avenue in
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hillcrest heights. police say the gunman started chasing the victim at a gas station and both ran across branch avenue where the victim bass shot. police tased the suspect but it had no effect. it's not clear if the shooter knew the victim or if there was any other motive. this morning, we're awaiting word from the white house on a new strategy for punishing countries accused of cyber spying. the obama administration hasn't said what the new strategy will include but it could be restrictions and penalties. it's coming as company in virginia says china is behind years of siper attacks. stole data from more than 140 companies and organizations. china is denying the allegations. today the pentagon will give us a sense much just how crippling the sequestration might be. will tell congress of the plan to furlough as many as 700,000
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civilian empyees. they would be forced to take one day off per week without pay starting in april. that's if congress and the white house failed to -- avoiding billions of dollars in spending cuts taking effect on march 1st. they have until then to reach a deal. stay with news 4 for complete coverage of every twist and turn in the sequestration showdown. we're posting updates at nbcwashington.com to stay up to speed even when you can't watch on air. the suggestion joe biden made during a town hall on gun control that could leave people off guard. plus, what is taking place right now at the scene of a gas station that leveled the popular restaurant. this morning, tiger is talking. what he says about the president's golf game. a big chill in the air this morn
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weather and traffic on the 1s. good morning. at 6:11. we've got a cold wind blowing in out of the north and west. temperatures right now only near 30 degrees. montgomery, arlington, fairfax, prince george's county. district of columbia right now, low 30s. throughout the day today, we'll have highs reaching the upper 30s by mid-afternoon with that gusty wind and a few clouds racing through. seven-day outlook in ten minute. a look at traffic with danella. good morning. 66 eastbound at 29 in centreville, crash is blocking the left side of the roadway. now it looks like it's moved over to the left shoulder lane. delays, you're jammed at the bypass and that's because earlier the left lanes were blocked. i'm pack in ten minutes. aaron and eun over to you. thanks, danella. hitting the gym in your jeans. we're not suggesting donning denim. it's the other kind of genes. some of us may be wired to workout. the message vice president
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joe biden was sending with this comment. >> put that double barrel shotgun and
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i'm angie goff with breaking news out of miami. armed, dangerous and on the run. right now police are searching for two people after shots were fired at police in a home was set on fire. this was done after police showed up to the house to investigate it for drugs. two blocks of the west kendall neighborhood blocked off right now. one man was arrested but two others are still at large. police want all residents to stay inside their homes. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. right now, search crews are going through rubble from a massive gas explosion in kansas city. take a look at the video of that massive fire ignited by the explosion. this blast sent flames shooting from a restaurant. firefighters are using cadaver dogs right now to look for survivors. this blast injured 14 people last night. police say a utility crew may
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have started the gas leak. no official cause yet has been determined. another deadly shooting reporting out of southern california. the orange county police department says a 20-year-old college student went on a shooting rampage killing three people before turning the gun on himself. it started at his home where he shot and killed an unidentified woman. he carjacked two people, spraying bullet as he drove nearly 15 miles. three people were injured by stray bullets, he shot himself as police pulled the stolen car over. the white house continues its gun control push to the american public. vice president joe biden hosted a town hall on facebook. he made surprising comments about advice he gave his wife about using a shotgun. >> if you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun, have the shells, .12 gauge shotgun and i promised, as i told my wife that's wooded and
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somewhat secluded. said jill, if there's ever a problem, walk out, put that double barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. i promise you who ever is coming in is not going to. you don't need an ar-15. it's harder to aim. it's harder to use. in fact, you don't need 30 rounds to protect yourself. buy a shotgun. the vice president answered questions on facebook posted by readers of parents magazine. more than 100 comments were posted many opposing the push for stricter gun laws ziefrnt the retirement of a top u.s. military leader leaves president obama searching for someone to lead forces in europe. marine corps general john allen is stepping down to help his wife who has health issues. he spent the last 19 months leading forces in afghanistan. last fall the pentagon put allen's nomination on hold while it investigated his e-mails with a florida socialite. he was cleared of any wrongdoing.
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president obama called general allen one of the nation's finest military leaders and a true patriot. john kerry will deliver his first foreign policy speech as secretary of state today. that's happening at the university of virginia. the state department says kerry will tell students and faculty about the role u.s. diplomacy plays in ordinary americans' lives. he plans to give more speeches in the coming weeks and months to explain why foreign policy is so important. uva was founded by thomas jefferson, who was the first secretary of state. some of the richest people in the world went to the same school and one was a local university. the university of virginia ranked number 11 among schools with the largest number of living alumni worth more than $30 million. the cavaliers were also the top public school on the list. with alum niep worth about $31 billion. harvard ranked number one. combined $622 billion. the university of pennsylvania was second and stanford ranked
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third. if you are one of those folks who gets up at the crack of down anxious to start your morning workout, you might have a skinny jeans apparently. we're not talking about pants here. scientists are looking into whether genetics plays into whether a person is motivated to exerci exercise. the sensation is determined how much carbon dioxide people feel compared to the oxygen they take in. when you inhale, it determines whether a person feels good from working out and wants to do it again. see, now i do feel good after i've exercised and work out. it's getting there. it's motivating myself to to it. >> maybe you don't feel as good as you think you do. >> maybe that's right. >> i feel awful apparently. all right. there is new evidence that nats ace gio gonzalez did not receive performance-enhancing drugs if a
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clinic. two sources familiar with the bio, genesis clinic, tells espn's outside the lines that the substances obtained were legal and not banned by major league baseball. that supports gonzalez's statement at the start of spring training last week that he never used peds and was confident his name would be cleared. the report says the substances he used are antioxidants and amino acids used in weight loss. today is the last day to join the nationals. they're looking for a few good recruits to be a mascot. they stopped by mount rushmore on monday. william howard taft will join the four racing presidents. candidates have to be able to run from center field to home plate in 40 seconds while wearing a 45-pound costume, most of which is head of course. the auditions are on march 2nd. tiger woods is giving a rare insight about president obama and his golf game. woods seems pretty impressed. >> he's a pretty good athlete. we all know he plays a lot of
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hoop. i didn't realize -- i kind of forgotten he's a lefty. but to see him out there and hitting shots and i mean, he hit it well. >> president obama and tiger woods played a round of golf over the weekend in florida. the president was there on vacation. >> what's he going to go do, say he was terrible? >> mott going to do that. 6:21 is our time. chilly start to the morning. tom kierein is here to detail the forecast for us. tom in. >> we've gone from chilly to down right cold this morning. our temperatures are near or below freezing. including prince george's county, arlington, fairfax, montgomery, the district of columbia. near the chesapeake bay waters, it's a little above freezing. away from the eastern shore, southern maryland, northern neck, it's around 30 degrees. the same in virginia and west virginia. here's the four-day forecast. afternoon highs only in the upper 30s. the gust i winds will be with us throughout the day and diminish tonight. blustery tomorrow, sunny. 20s in the morning.
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increasing clouds on friday. highs near 40. might get a little bit of snow and sleet early afternoon changing to chilly rain the rest of the afternoon on friday into perhaps friday night. off and on light rain on saturday. a bit milder. sun returns sunday, monday. highs near 50. maybe more rain tuesday. i'm back in ten minutes. a look at traffic now with danella. still tracking the earlier accident prince william parkway westbound lanes at brentsville road. tow truck is blocking all the lanes working to clear the accident at the intersection. westbound prince william parkway right now your traffic lanes are paused. let's head over to 66 eastbound at 29. centreville here. that accident off to the left shoulder lane had. was blocking your left lanes. that's the cause of the delays. let's take a look as you make your way towards 234. just jammed. back to you. danella, thank you. it's happened again, the company hacked on twitter and having fun with it. they're thinking outside the mailbox. the very creative way the postal
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this has to stop somewhere. it's terrible. enough is enough. two students from the same school gunned down in separate incidents. what's being done to put an end to the violence. >> breaking news overnight. the olympian accused of murder back in court. they're about to resume the hearing in a few minutes. this morning, it has been a bombshell morning after bombshell. good morning, welcome back to "news4 today." i'm aaron gilchrist. i'm eun yang. this morning we're dealing with the kind of wind that cuts through you. these are the windchills around the area. >> meteorologist tom kierein braving the cold on the storm team 4 weather deck. bring us up to speed. temperatures are down into the 20s. temperatures down toth -- a few clouds racing. there's a chop on the river there. as the wind whipping in out of northwest gusting to around 20 to 25 miles per hour. now as we look at temperatures, think about as you go into your closet. getting out your warmest winter
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puffy coat. it's down into the upper 20s much of the region. including montgomery county, north and west of washington. montgomery, southern part of the county near the beltway is near freezing. it's near 30 in prince george's county. arlington and fairfax as well. just about everywhere, it's at or below freezing. the winds are gusting 20 to 25. stronger into the afternoon. locally the temperatures will hold steady below freezing through mid-morning. then by maybe 10:00 or so, it will be above freezing. by noontime, into the mid-30s. anacostia, by noontime there, that's the hometown forecast location. it's only going to be 35 with a few clouds racing through. i'm back in ten minutes with a look at the rest of day. a look at traffic now with danella. good morning. a live look from chopper 4. that's what we're doing in the first 4 traffic report because of an accident on i-66 eastbound. check out these delays. sluggish for about five miles. solid delays for three miles. this is as you approach 29
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centreville road. you can see off to the shoulder lane the crash. at one point it was blocking two of the left lanes. crash involves at least two vehicles here. you can see vdot on the scene as well as a tow truck. expect delays on i-66. southbound i-95. in virginia at russell road. tractor-trailer accident blocking at least two of your lanes. your left lane and center lane. looks like the volume is light. you'll be able to work your way around it. be prepared to stop. northbound a little slow in dale city. and then a break as you make your way closer to route 1. you're heavy on the brakes again. a live look at fairfax county parkway. your travel speed will take you 18 minutes prince william to the parkway. suitland high school is dealing with another murdered student. its secretary in the past two days. the latest shooting happened at 5:30 on donnell drive last night. police found two teens shot, one died at a local hospital.
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the other is in critical condition. this ups the number of prince george's county students murdered this school year to six. in ten minutes, we'll hear how suitland high school is dealing with the tragedy and how the county plans to address the problem. >> angie goff at the live desk. >> aaron, we just found out why the boeing 787 dream liners were taken out of the air. an investigation in japan into overheating batteries reveal they were improperly wired. transport officials saying the plane's power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery. officials are looking into what caused smoke on some of the planes. all 787s were grounded pause of a series of problems at the beginning of the year. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. a group of virginia delegates and senators will meet this morning to reach a deal to fund much-needed transportation projects. senate negotiators are considering a new offer from their colleagues in the house. this proposal would cut virginia's gas tax and raise its sales tax.
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a portion of existing revenue would be earmarked for transportation project. it's up to governor mcdonnell whether police can pull you over for texting while behind the wheel. the state senate passed a bill yesterday which makes texting while driving a primary offense. police won't need to pull you over for another reason first. the governor is concerned about listing too many things drivers can't do behind the wheel. the virginia senate will discuss a bill supporters say will crackdown on voter fraud. a senate committee approved the measure limiting the number of forms of i.d. voters can can present mord to cast a ballot. voters would no loerng be able to use utility bills, bank statements and paychecks. voter registration cards and social security cards would still be accepted. today a in the district, former congressman jesse jackson jr. and his wife sandra expected to plead guilty in court on corruption charges. prosecutors say they spent $750,000 of campaign money on personal items.
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jackson is charged with conspiracy, his wife accused of filing false federal tax returns from 2006 to 2011. the same judge will hear their cases in two separate hearings set for today. montgomery county executive ike leggett will discuss his vision for the county this evening. he'll deliver the state of the county address in silver spring. it's set to begin at 7:30 at the civic building. the speech is fee and open to the public if you'd hike to attend. this morning, several u.s. lawmakers are visiting a maryland man jailed in cuba. six congressman met with president raul castro and were promised they could -- -- the communist country wants to exchange gross for the five spies held in the u.s. a swap the delegation says will
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not happen. prosecutors will call more witnesses today in the murder of jason scott. the murder trial of yea son scott. the prince george's county man is charged with killing delores did he wet and her 20-year-old daughter. their bodies were found in a burning car. jurors saw this video yesterday. it's from a police cruiser on the night that burning car was found. scott is already serving a 100-year prison sentence for a series of unrelated crimes. he's also a person of interest in three other murders. we're just learning that as many as 30 people may have witnessed the deadly stabbing of a university of maryland eastern shore student. 21 ye-year-old sinclair was kil. the baltimore sun reports that campus police have spoken to a person of interest but haven't arrested anyone. the chief made the announcement during a town hall meeting with about 3,000 community members. there is a $2,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. the commercial that had
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redskins fans buzzing and rg3 explaining. students sent running the moment a meteorite hit. a local school district and police are doing something about the violence that's claimed six students this school year. what is happening today. a big chill in the air and some slow going on the roads. weather and traffic on the 1s. >> frappuccino, vanilla spice sounds good. sounds good. make that
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48-shot mocha frappuccino. carmel brulee topping. strawberry, two bananas. vanilla bean. i took you to 48 shots. is that okay? >> yeah. >> talk to guy he forked over almost 50 bucks for the most expensive starbucks drink you'll ever see. can't even pronounce what he's
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calling the drink. we can tell you what's in it. it includes 48 shots and a venti mocha frappuccino. soy drizzle. protein powder, caramel brulee topping, strawberries, bananas, fran chino chips and vanilla bean. >> he's still doing laps around the building he's so wired. >> can you taste it? >> you can't taste any one thing or -- >> the crazy thing is they had to redo the order because they forgot it was decaf. >> i would have kicked him out of store. >> 6:41 is the time. seeing rays of sunshine coming into the sky at this hour. tom kierein has the forecast. >> you want to down some kind of warm beverage this morning. weather and traffic on the 1s at 6:41. starting off with a partly cloudy sky and temperatures are at or below freezing most of the region. that includes the district of columbia, arlington, fairfax and montgomery. the winds gusting around 20 to 25 miles per hour. they're going to stay blustery through the rest of the day with
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a few clouds racing through. here is the temperature graph. the time scale. we'll be just reaching the upper 30s by around 3:00 or 4:00 this afternoon. then this evening, under a clear sky, the temperatures will plummet, we'll be back down below freezing by midnight tonight. another cold start tomorrow morning fl i'll have the latest on that. and your seven-day outlook is coming up at 6:51. let's take a look at traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. still seeing problems along prince william parkway. this is westbound at brentsville road outside of manassas. that intersection still blocked by -- while a tow truck works to clear the earlier accident. 66 still tied up because of an accident. moved off to the left shoulder lane. the accident was originally blocking the left side of the roadway. this is as you approach centreville road. they're lined up here and there are delays. 5.8 miles right now as you head eastbound 66. just expect a slow commute heading toward the beltway. now, let's get on i-270 southbound in germantown.
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father hurley boulevard is where you start to see delays. sluggish through gaithersburg. better around falls road but it's stop and go for you as you connect to the beltway. no accidents on i-270 north or south. aaron, over to you. danella, thank you. 6:r:43 now. the number of prince george's county high school students killed stands at six. another one was killed. the second in 48 hours. counselors will be there as stew dernts and faculty try to comprehend this tragedy. more from the high school. megan. >> reporter: aaron, certainly a difficult time for the suitland community here. as they deal with all of the violence that is affecting the students. not just here at the school but in the county. across the county. students were struggling to cope with the murder of 15-year-old freshman charles walker. then came word that another suitland high school freshman was gunned down at an apartment complex in forestville. that's two suitland high school
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students murdered within about 24 hours of each other. police do not believe the murders are related. but are part of a disturbing and violent trend being seen in the prince george's county school system. the latest student murder happened at about 5:30 last night. the freshman, whose name has not been released was fatally shot in a parking lot of an apartment complex on donnell drive. he died at the hospital. a second person wounded is listed in critical or grave condition at app aur i can't hospital. now, residents who live in the area say they just don't understand what's going on. they say the violence is frightening and sad. >> i mean, you know, i just don't understand these young people nowadays. they just go around shooting and killing each other for no reason. i just don't understand it. >> the prince george's county school system released this statement saying our hearts are broken again. we cannot go another day without
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addressing the unspeakable acts of violence against our students. one of the ways they're dealing with these acts of violence is increasing security here at the high school not just for today but for the rest of the week. also later today, staff members will be meeting behind closed doors to discuss the situation and try to strategize and figure out ways that they can best help the students who are dpreegrievt this point. the grief counselors brought in, in the wake of the death of charles walker, they're going to stay at the school indefinitely. megan mcgrath, news 4. aaron, back to you. thanks, megan. our team coverage continues with what police are doing in response to the violence. tony tull live at police headquarters. >> i want to reiterate the fact that you mentioned this is the sixth shooting of students here in prince george's county just in in school year. that has prompted prince george's county police chief mark mcgraw to come out in a presser and mention that they'll
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step up and do something. they're going to form a task force. we're not going to learn what that entails until the next couple of weeks. he did say that the shootings are not related. some were drive-by. some were over tennis shoes. some of them were gang violence. nonetheless, he said they're going to make plans to rip with the state's attorney's office as well as with the school system to figure out ways to prevent this. yesterday on hand was state's attorney angela also brooks she spoke and said this absolutely has to stop. >> i want the community to understand that i stand here today as the state's attorney, not just concerned but i am enraged that a young person in our community can't walk the streets with a shopping bag without being shot in the back. that's something that ought to be of concern to our entire community. >> reporter: aaron, we're not sure ha that task force is going to entail. when we get the details, we'll get them back to you. i'm tony tull. back to you. >> tony, thank.
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new this morning, another murder in prince george's county, a man is dead being gunned down trying to pump gas. the shots rang out on branch avenue in hillcrest heights. prince george's county police say a gunman high on pcp sfatard chasing the victim. police tased the suspect but it had no effect. it's not clear if the shooter knew the victim or if there was another motive. lawyers for the man convicted of of the murder of washington intern chandra levy plan to seek a new trial. ingmar guandique's prosecution was based on a lie they say. there was a problem with a key witness a year ago. it is not clear if that person was the informant saying guandique confessed to the crime. there was no physical evidence linking him to the crime. he is due back in court in april. he's serving a 60-year prison sentence for that murder.
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a father relearning to walk and talk after a brutal beating on capitol hill. tc maslin was beaten and found unconscious last summer a few blocks from his home near eastern market. he suffered a severe traumatic brain injury leaving him unable to talk, read or use the right side of his body. he and his wife moved to a place where they can heal from the niz and emotional wounds. they talked exclusively with news 4. >> i think i really am doing better. >> the first few weeks he was in and out of a coma and thrashing. there wasn't a personality in there imt. >> maslin hopes to go back to work as a solar energy analyst next year. the couple's 2-year-old son is going to daycare while his parents work full-time on rehab. police arrested three people in connection with the attack. the first trial is expected to begin in the spring. the white house will lay out the new strike that skri to punish countries that steal secret government information online. this include some fines, trade
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restrictions and other penalties. this all comes as a cyber security firm in virginia says has proof china's military is behind years of cyber attacks against u.s. companies. according to that virginia firm, a secret military unit whose headquarters are in this building in shanghai stole data from more than 140 companies and organizations. china is denying those allegations. this could be a tense day for pentagon employees. the defense department will tell congress about his plan to furlough civilian workers if the looming spending cuts take effect. more than 700,000 defense employees could be forced to take a week off without pay. that's the equivalent of a 20% pay cut. the furlough notices would be sent out late next month. the furloughs would begin in late april. stay tuned for more information on. you can get the latest information on nbcwashington.com
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if you can't watch. seema mody with what brings martha stewart to court. seema. >> guys, big story here. opening arguments start today in a case pitting two retail giants and involving martha stewart. macy's is suing j.c. penney trying to stop the rival department store from selling certain martha stewart living items. macy's claims is has exclusive rights to the brand. ron johnson, macy's receive chief terry lundgren as well as martha stewart will testify. in other news, the house doesn't always win, guys. struggling atlantic city casino revel is preparing to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy as soon as mid-march. the move comes less than a year after it opened. revel will continue to pay employees and operate normally while in bankruptcy. the casino failed to turn a profit since opening last april and it's also needed several bailouts from investors including as recently as december. back to you.
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seema mody at cnbc, thank you. robert griffin iii is do downplaying the message behind his latest commercial. check it out. >> ever had one. blow it all up. the commerce ends with the tag line, all in for week one. that has many redskins fans that rg3 is rushing back too quickly from his knee surgery i. griffin is urging fans not to read too much into the commercial. he tweeted feel like i need to say this. although my goal is to start week one, that doesn't mean i'll compromise my career to do so. >> the controversy in the end with the bad turf. >> conspiracy theorists have at it. >> we're hoping for the best for rg3. >> tom, what do you have? >> february still showing off it's a winter month.
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it certainly is trying to be spring around the region. look at the daffodils. they're shooting aboveground. this is after the sleet and snow yesterday. this was sent in by tammy. they are a little confused, i'm sure. they're wearing puffy coats right now. also kroek uses are up as well. viewers are reporting that. spring is saying we're coming anyway. we don't care how cold it is. the temperature is down near or below freezing in prince george's county, arlington, fairf fairfax, montgomery. the rest of maryland near or below freezing. watch out. some puddles of water may be freezing up had morning from yesterday's rains. we can see that first spike of sunlight called a sun pillar showing up above the horizon. sunrise is only a couple of minutes away. reagan national at 34 with the wind out of the northwest gusting to 25. here's how we look for the rest of the day. by noontime, temperatures in the mid-30s. by mid-afternoon, 3:00, 4:00 should be in the upper 30s. that's about the high for the day. much of the region. the winds will be gusting around
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30 miles an hour. elsewhere, the highs should be reaching near 40 or so. much of virginia, southern maryland. highs farther north and west should be reaching the low and mid-30s by mid-afternoon. tomorrow, sunshine. not quite as windy. 20s in the morning. afternoon highs low 40s. increasing clouds friday. might get snow and sleet perhaps early friday afternoon. changing to chilly rain the rest of the afternoon. highs around 40. off and on rain on saturday near 50. sun back sunday monday high near 50 each day. more rain on tuesday. danella, how is traffic. >> still checking on that earlier accident at the intersection of prince william parkway. this is when it turns into brentsville road. the crash blocking the westbound lanes. tow truck on the scene. clearing that accident. expect delays in the area. we saw this yesterday because of the water main break. still edsall road closed between south van dorn street and south pickett street.
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take south pickett street to winter view drive and reconnect to edsall road. usual delays at duke street. sluggish towards seminary road. 1 minutes from the beltway to the 14th street bridge. the beltway, traveling in prince george's county. inner loop and outer loop, not bad between the wilson blij to i-95. once you get to i-95, this happens. sluggish from i-95 passing university boulevard. delays continue to georgia avenue. eun, over to you. >> danella, thank you. 6:54 now. a new set of road rules makes it safer for drivers and bicyclists to share the street of d.c. the proposed bill would add bike safety questions to your next drivers license exam. not yielding to cyclists could get you three point on your license and a $250 fine. an accident with someone on a bike could mean six points and april $500 fine. council members hope to see the proposed rules approved by the summer. we're following a developing
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story out of kansas city. want to show you live pictures we're just getting in. crews going through that massive rubble pile from a gas explosion there. they're looking for survivors. firefighters are using cadaver dogs to search for survivors. caused a massive fire. sent flames shooting into the air. this was a restaurant here. the blast injured about 14 people last night. police say a utility crew may have started the gas leak. but at this point, no official cause for this explosion, fire and gas leak. also developing. the bail hearing for oscar pistorius just resumed and prosecutors are backtracking after a heated and emotional morning. police originally testified they found testosterone and needles at the olympian's home. but they were forced to admit they were wrong when the defense proved that it was not steroid been an herbal remedy. police admitted that a neighbor who heard fighting before the shooting was more than 1,000 feet away from the home. prosecutors, however, did say
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bullet shot by pistorius entered the bathroom door in a downward angle suggested he was wearing his prosthetics. the judge has to decide whether to grant bail this morning. surveillance video from a school in russia showing when the meteorite blew by. you can see the giant flash of light while the students were practicing karate. a short time later a sonic boom blew out the windows. overall, the meteorite injured close to 1500 people. 46 reportedly still hospitalized. the ultimate prize at the oscars may be a gold n statue. even the losers aren't going home empty handed. an l.a. marketing firm will hand out what it calls the everyone wins gift bag. these are party favors. trips to australia, hawaii and mexico. hand-painted tennis shoes. a water filtration system. a one-week stay at a fitness and weight loss retreat. there's more. something for the kids. classes with a professional all
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child circus. the contents are valued at more than $45,000. you know what, the people getting the gift bag, they don't need it. they can afford it. >> let's do the forecast, tom. >> you know what's worth more than that this morning? a puffy coat. that's all you need to stay happy and we'll have temperatures in the upper 30s later today. warming up as we get toward the weekend. thank you, tom. that is "news4 today." thank you for starting your day with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back with weather and traffic and breaking news. back here tomorrow morning at 4:28. see
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